Indiana Artisan is craftsmanship. It is fine oils and fine wines, handmade soaps and hand-turned bowls. It is Lake Michigan artists and Ohio River Valley craftsmen. Indiana Artisan is the state’s best craftspeople – from specialty cheese makers to specialty jewelry makers and from the hands of careful beekeepers to the hands of caring weavers. Indiana’s heritage in painting, glass, musical instruments, stoneware, woodwork, candies, brandies and more is defined through Indiana Artisan.
This collaborative organization brings together Indiana’s talented Artisans’ one-of-a-kind art and food creations. Their select work enriches the lives of Hoosiers and visitors. How? By defining the brand that reflects “This is Indiana’s best.” Indiana Artisan works with participants, retailers and communities to showcase and sell high-quality, handcrafted products in stores and on trails crisscrossing the state. Follow the River of Glass, sample Art & Earth, find works By Hoosier Hands and more along one of the nine Artisan Trails. As you travel, look for the Indiana Artisan logo on products and in the windows of shops, galleries and studios.
Indiana Artisan supports entrepreneurs who create high-quality art, crafts and value-added foods in the Hoosier state. The comprehensive program launched in 2008 to:
• Raise awareness about the availability of locally-crafted products
• Establish a brand for Indiana-made goods
• Provide artisans, particularly those in rural areas, with access to entrepreneurial
• Support including training and networking opportunities
• Support artisan trail and retail development
• Encourage visitation to Indiana
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman began Indiana Artisan as an economic development program to help expand the businesses of Hoosier artisans through initiatives that support and promote their handmade work. The program was a joint venture between the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, the Indiana Office of Tourism Development, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, and the Indiana Arts Commission. In 2010, the Indiana Legislature passed a Resolution tasking the organization with identifying, recognizing and promoting the state’s highest-quality art and foods. Now as a non-profit corporation, Indiana Artisan, Inc. continues that mission of developing a brand that gives meaning and recognition to the highest-quality Indiana-made goods.
This organization brings together the state’s talented artisans and their one-of-a-kind art and food creations. Participation is through an adjudication process focused on design/quality, technique, originality or authenticity exhibiting the tradition or heritage of Indiana communities and marketability. Once each year, food and art jury panels meet to review applications. The timeline for the current adjudication is here.